Serena shocker blows tournament wide open

In Thursday's semi-finals Stephens will face top seed Azarenka, who came through a marathon, 1hr 17min opening set against resurgent Russian veteran Kuznetsova before completing her 7-5, 6-1 triumph in 1hr 47min.

updated: January 23, 2013 14:38 IST
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Melbourne: American teenager Sloane Stephens sent the Australian Open women's draw into disarray Wednesday when she dumped injury-hit hot favourite Serena Williams out of the quarter-finals.

Stephens, only 19 and without a tournament victory, held her nerve in almost unbearable tension at Rod Laver Arena to close out a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win after Williams needed treatment for back spasms.

"This is so crazy," said Stephens, who used to have a poster of Williams on her bedroom wall. "I think I'll put a poster of myself up now."

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